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Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Immerse yourself in modern art, architecture, culture and ideas at this unusual gallery.

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts isn’t a traditional museum. Every six months the institution presents a new modern art exhibition. There are no labels for the pieces or explanations on the walls — the descriptions are all up to your imagination. The gallery on Washington Boulevard in downtown St. Louis is only open to the public two days a week. The rest of the time, the foundation’s staff are busily preparing for a range of events — public discussions, tours and music concerts — held here throughout the week. The foundation’s mission is to foster interest in the arts and promote creativity in the city.

Spend some time admiring the building itself, which was designed by prize-winning architect Tadao Ando. The modern design, sleek lines and minimal use of concrete and glass is eye-catching. 

The Pulitzer has a small permanent collection on display. A striking red steel sculpture, Joe, fills the courtyard . Wander through a gap in the curved walls of this sculpture, spiraling inwards before emerging at the other side. Inside the building, you’ll find the prominent painting Blue Black by Ellsworth Kelly, which dominates the south wall of the main gallery. 

There are always thought-provoking temporary exhibits to be found. Previous temporary exhibits have explored topics such as Art and the Spiritual and Minimalism and Beyond. (Check the website for details on current displays.) 

A highlight of the events calendar is the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra concert series, hosted in the gallery about once a month. (Check the website for details and tickets.) Other events include symposia and panel discussions relating to the exhibition on display. Sign up for events online, including a tour of the themed monthly tour of the gallery. 

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Entry is free. The gallery is within walking distance of many major hotels and attractions. It’s also serviced by several bus lines and is close to Metro stations.


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